Inspect the room
Bed bug bodies are very flat, so even adults can fit in a space as thin as a credit card. The places to look for signs of an infestation include:
- bed frames and headboard crevices; they can hide in corners and cracks, behind the board on the wall;
- mattress seams;
- carpets and underlay;
- around and inside frames of pictures and paintings;
- behind skirting boards;
- between timber floorboards;
- in cracked or broken plaster;
- behind peeling wallpaper or paint;
- inside electrical sockets and fittings;
- in cupboards and wardrobes;
- in bedside cabinets and drawers;
- on curtains;
- in clothes, toys and other personal belongings.
Inspect the bed
- sheets and blankets;
- piping along the mattress edge;
- sides, top and bottom of mattress and along stitch lines;
- labels, tags, buttons and other decorations on the mattress;
- bed base edges and along stitch lines;
- inside the frame;
- remove the dust cover from the frame and look under any folds and where the fabric fastens to the frame;
- depressions, countersunk screws and under staples;
- joint, cracks and corners of the frame;
- legs, casters, end caps, joints, welds, holes, seams, cracks;
- skirting board near the bed: top, bottom, cracks, crevices, underneath.
Inspect the furniture
- for upholstered furniture, do the same detailed search as the bed, paying special attention to zips; skirting, fabric seams, and folds and crevices under cushions;
- drawers and bedside tables: exterior top, sides, and bottom;
- move furniture away from the wall, inspect the back;
- remove drawers and inspect top, sides and bottom, in cracks and crevices, imperfections, joints, screws and corners.
DIY bed bug solutions involve utilising a few techniques to help remove bed bugs. You can help eradicate bed bugs by:
- carrying out regular inspections for bed bugs;
- washing bedding and clothes on a high heat of at least 60℃;
- place pillows, blankets and cushions into a freezer;
- vacuum mattresses, carpets, and furniture, emptying the contents into an outside bin.
3-Stage bed bug insecticide treatment
- The first involves inspecting the property for bed bugs and identifying which rooms are suffering from a bed bug problem. If there is a confirmed sighting of bed bugs the infected rooms will be treated with the insecticide spray.
- he second visit will occur 7-10 days after the initial one, and will consist of another thorough treatment of the infected areas of the property to ensure the removal of the bed bug infestation.
- The third visit consists of inspected the area once more to ensure the bed bugs have been removed. If there are still signs of bed bugs another treatment will be applied.
Bed bug spray
The insecticides used to eradicate bed bugs comes in the form of a spray which is then applied to the infected areas. The insecticides contains chemicals which are carefully selected to successfully control a bed bug infestation. During the application of the spray care is taken to avoid application to mattresses and clothing.